The Beantown Girls
An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller.
A novel of love, courage, and danger unfolds as World War II’s brightest heroines—the best of friends—take on the front lines.
1944: Fiona Denning has her entire future planned out. She’ll work in city hall, marry her fiancé when he returns from the war, and settle down in the Boston suburbs. But when her fiancé is rep...more
The Beantown Girls is a doozy of a warm-hearted histfic read!
Fiona Denning is a planner. She knows who she’ll marry, when, what she’ll do until then. But, in truth, her future is up in the air. It’s 1944, and the war is in full effect. The worst news comes when she finds out her fiancé has been shot down in Germany, and he’s MIA.
Fiona is also a do-er, and rather than standby in Boston, she volu ...more
This is 10 percent historical fiction and 90 percent fluff. More romance, with girls overly concerned with their makeup, who all happen to fall in love at first sight. And then neatly tied up with a bow type ending. 2 stars just for introducing red cross donut mobiles, a subject I had never heard of.
Ready or not, we’re on our way to England. We just went through six weeks of training for these jobs. I had to learn to play badminton, for the love of God. There’s no turning back now.
I realized I was in a much better mood than when I arrived. I was supposed to be the one boosting their spirits, but instead that’s exactly what these men had done for me. Sometimes morale was a two-way street.
…my heart was aching in ways that felt very familiar and yet so different. It turns out y ...more
Leaving Boston and their jobs to become Red Cross Clubmobile Girls is where we meet Viv, Dottie, and Fiona.
They all had different reasons for joining the Red Cross, but besides being a volunteer, Fiona's other reason was to find her missing fiance, Danny.
When they arrive in London, a buzz bomb greets them and scares them to death.
WE FOLLOW THE three friends through their seven-day training in all areas and share their fears and their fun during the training and in their jobs as Red Cross Clubmo ...more
2/5 stars, with 1 star added for the idea and research.
I wanted so badly to love this book. The description was fantastic, all the ideas were there, but the execution was lacking. The writing seemed stilted and forced from the beginning, and although the characters DID grow throughout the war, they all (particularly Fiona) were shallow and repeated themselves endlessly throughout the book. The exceptions to ...more
I thought this story was going to be about girlfriends and their experiences in the war. It was that, but it was also about women finding men. I was expecting something more like Code Name Verity and this was a lighter version with the women falling for different soldiers and discussing relationship issues. I didn't mind some of it because I do feel that it would represent the times to some e ...more
I don't read a whole lot of historical fiction, but man, The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey is a MUST read if you are a historical fiction fan and are interested in reading about World War II.
What it's about: Based on the Red Cross Clubmobile girls, The Beantown Girls focuses on 3 friends that decide to join - Fiona, Viviana, and Dottie. Fiona's reason for wanting to join is different from her friends, her fiancé Danny has gone missing in the war and Fiona is determined t ...more
I am a big fan of World War II historical fiction. I did not know about the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls and their contributions. This novel told their stories in a meaningful way with fantastic story telling. I can't wait to read more from this author.
I selected this novel for the month I hosted book club. We had a great discussion about the trials and tribulations these women endured while trying to help in the war effort.
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The story is well-researched and benefited fro ...more
It was my bookclub book and we had really excellent conversation so that is always a plus. I loved the characters. I loved the sprinkle of love. I loved the viewpoint of the war from a female's eyes. So often we see WWII through a male lens and I adored the different view po ...more
Historical accuracy is so important to me, even when reading fiction and Healey did an amazing job at staying very close to true even ...more
This story filled me with nostalgia and I read it with my veteran family members nudging me when their part of the war was featured . . .including a great aunt who really was a nurse that went to France where she ended up meeting her husband during emergencies in mobile hospitals. . . .it rang true to me.
Romance is not my favorite. . And this is a very light read. . .
But this had enough other credible storylines that I was able to enjoy it immensely.
Strengths: some history about the WWII Red Cross Clubmobiles
a better understanding about unpredictable shifts in the front line
appreciation of the frigid winter weather that troops endured
Cons: many of the characters seemed superficial to me, despite the war-time conditions
the writing was simplistic
the story itself ended in a predicta ...more
Three girlfriends sign up with the military to do there part during world war 2. Fiona, Dottie, and Vivian are Red Cross “clubmobile girls” which go out into the field to lift the spirits of those fighting with fresh coffee and doughnuts. Fiona is attempting to get information about her missing fiancé and her frien ...more
In Beantown Girls, three best friends conspire to serve their country during WW11 by joining the Red Cross as Clubmobile girls: Fiona is admired for her organizational and leadership skills; Viviana is adventuresome and outspoken; and Dottie is a shy music teacher. Healey uses a linear timeline to tell the story from Fiona’s point of view, and we soon discover that Fiona’s primary objective in this venture is to find more information about her fiance who is missing in action. To qualif ...more
The Beantown Girls follows three friends...Fiona, Viviana and Dottie as they sign up for the Red Cross during WWII. Each girl has their own reason for signing up but this story is written from Fiona’s P ...more
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THE BEANTOWN GIRLS BY JANE HEALEY BOOK REVIEW
Fiona’s fiance goes missing. Determined to find out the truth, Fiona applies to be a Red Cross Clubmobile girl. Along with her friends, Viv & Dottie, they head across the world. They will be serving coffee & doughnuts & bringing good cheer to the soldiers during World War II.
A TRIO OF FIERCE FEMALES
First, I love this group of f ...more
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